Can humans create meaning? Can God?
Sean Carroll is an excellent scientist and philosopher. One of his greatest virtues is that he understands both the important role that philosophy must play in the scientific enterprise and that there are some questions that science is not situated to answer and that are the province of philosophy. It is always worthwhile to listen … Can humans create meaning? Can God?
The VICTIMs of Christian Apologetics
My latest video, “The VICTIMs of Christian Apologetics: The Things Apologists Falsely Say Depend on God, But, if God Exists, God Depends on Them,” is now available on YouTube. It is a narration of some of the many hundreds of PowerPoint slides I created in preparation for my recent debate with Frank Turek on naturalism vs. … The VICTIMs of Christian Apologetics
What is Atheism? – Part 2
Levels of Analysis I’m going to make a second attempt to clarify and define the word “atheism”. This time, I will emphasize that the analysis and definitions exist at different levels. Swinburne’s clarification and analysis of “God exists” makes use of different levels of definition or analysis: Level 0: “God exists.” Level 1: God exists … What is Atheism? – Part 2
What is Atheism?
I know this is a well-worn topic, but I think it is worth hashing over this old question one more time. First, some obvious points that many ignorant, bible-thumping, knuckle-dragging bigots are unable to grasp: 1. ATHEISM is not the same as MATERIALISM (not all atheists are materialists). 2. ATHEISM is not the same as … What is Atheism?
A Moral Argument for God which Begs the Question against Theists
Reposting a comment I left on fellow Patheos blogger Bob Seidensticker’s blog, Cross Examined. Bob was writing about Geisler’s and Turek’s book, I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist. Bob quoted this passage from their book: If the atheists are right, then we might as well lie, cheat, and steal to get what we want … A Moral Argument for God which Begs the Question against <I>Theists</I>
Kai Nielsen on Natural Law and Divine Command Theory
Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Taylor Carr republished on The Secular Outpost with permission. The original post may be found on his blog, The Godless Skeptic. It’s common to hear theists make the claim that there cannot be a moral law without a moral law-giver. C.S. Lewis, Ravi Zacharias, and several other prominent defenders of the Christian faith … Kai Nielsen on Natural Law and Divine Command Theory
G&T Rebuttal, Part 4: Chapter 5
Chapter 5. The First Life: Natural Law or Divine Awe? In this chapter, G&T defend a design argument focused on the first life. They also present a variety of objections to scientism and materialism. I will provide a very brief summary of their points, before providing my critique. (i) Argument to Design of the … G&T Rebuttal, Part 4: Chapter 5
G&T Rebuttal, Part 2: Chapter 3
Chapter 3. In the Beginning There Was a Great SURGE G&T tell us that the “Cosmological Argument is the argument from the beginning of the universe” (74). That is sloppy; G&T have conflated the family of arguments known as ‘the’ cosmological argument with one specific version of that argument (the kalām cosmological argument). But … G&T Rebuttal, Part 2: Chapter 3
G&T Rebuttal, Part 1: Introduction
The book’s introduction divides into six parts: (i) the crucial role that beliefs about God play in worldviews; (ii) an overview of three major “religious” worldviews; (iii) a discussion of the role of faith and facts in religion; (iv) three categories of problems with Christianity; (v) the faith of an atheist; and (vi) a high-level … G&T Rebuttal, Part 1: Introduction
Index: Rebuttal to Geisler’s and Turek’s “I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist”
Review of Norman L. Geisler and Frank Turek, I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist (Wheaton: Crossway, 2004). Like all apologetics books, both Christian and non-Christian, I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist book takes a partisan approach to the philosophy of religion. Of course, by itself, the fact that it is a … Index: Rebuttal to Geisler’s and Turek’s “I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist”